Where Kangana Ranaut is involved, controversy is bound to follow. With that being said, it is worth mentioning that she has been out of the spotlight for a while. It could be because the actress is gearing up for her upcoming film, Thalaivi. The teaser and the poster for the much talked about biopic of actor-turned-politician J Jayalalithaa, with Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, was released over the weekend. If you are yet to see the poster, then know that Kangana Ranaut looks absolutely unrecognizable in the avatar of stalwart politician Jayalalithaa.
The poster shows Kangana Ranaut clad in a teal green ensemble which buttons down at the front. She can be seen with her hands up sporting a peace sign just like the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
While some have panned the prosthetics that have gone into transforming Kangana into Jayalalithaa, others expressed excitement at the idea of seeing the actress essay the late politician in the upcoming film. After the poster for the film was released, many harshly criticized filmmakers for the prosthetics that were used to transform the actress while other expressed excitement at the idea of seeing the actress essaying the role of the late politician in the upcoming film.
Kangana Ranaut’s look was perfected by Hollywood makeup expert Jason Collins, who is a highly skilled makeup artist who has films like 'Captain Marvel' and 'Blade Runner 2049' to his credit. In order to completely adapt to Jayalalithaa’s character, Kangana Ranaut was spotted taking Bharatnatyam classes regularly as she will shoot a grand song for the film with over 100 background dancers.
Kangana Ranaut as Jayalalithaa in the biopic 'Thalaivi'
Recently, Kangana Ranaut also shed light on her transformation process. "Vijay (producer) wanted me to resemble her as closely as possible. She [Jayalalithaa] endured a drastic physical transformation in her life. Having grown up as a Bharatanatyam dancer, she had an hour-glass figure. Then, when she joined politics, she had an accident which demanded that she be injected with huge doses of steroids. While we could not depict all of that, we did take measures [to resemble her during these phases]," she said in an interview with an Indian daily.
Earlier, the Manikarnika actress shared that she struggled to gain weight but for this role she put on 6 kilos. She also revealed that she took a mild dose of hormone pills since she is tall and lean but had to put on weight near her belly and thighs, and has also started eating food that enhances weight gain. The film is slated for release on June 26, 2020.